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Today's Opinions

  • Federal stimulus contains money for rural Internet broadband

    From every corner of the 5th District, I hear about how folks are struggling with the lack of broadband internet access. Two weeks ago, I hosted a roundtable discussion on rural broadband, this time in Altavista after the last one in Rocky Mount. At the roundtable, the need for better broadband access was made abundantly evident, and I will use the stories and strategies offered by citizens to be a more effective advocate for rural broadband back in Washington. Here are some of the stories I heard:

  • Honoring the Bedford Boys

    Across a vast ocean, 11 boys from Bedford, Virginia are buried overlooking the windswept beaches of Normandy.  Bedford lost 19 during the D-Day liberation…the greatest proportional loss suffered by a single town on that day.  In words inscribed on the wall of a chapel that lies amidst the rows of crosses we are given the following charge: “Think not only upon their passing.  Remember the glory of their spirit.”

  • Obama’s historic appeal to the Muslim world

        Last week, President Barack Obama was in Cairo, Egypt to give a speech that his administration billed as an appeal to a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world. It did not disappoint.

  • Keeping their story alive

        I got to spend the end of last week in the company of heroes.

        On Thursday and Friday, I attended the Overlord Echoes conference, hosted by Liberty University and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Along with the historians, several World War II veterans spoke. There were soldiers, including a silver star recipient, a P-51 pilot and an airborne soldier who arrived in Normandy on D-Day via a glider.

  • Liberty University shows its true colors

    Anyone familiar with the political mindset at Lynchburg’s Liberty University should not be surprised that the little college has banned its Democratic party student chapter. The real shock is that it ever allowed one in the first place.

        The very existence of the humble and courageous chapter, a handful of proud Democrats in a lion’s den of right-wing religious fanatics, is due to the high popularity of President Barack Obama among young people.

  • A theological response (Part II)

        This is the remainder of my attempt at the theological response that David McLoughlin sought for his letter published in our March 13 edition.

        I’ll make one last note on the Old Testament before going on to Mr. McLoughlin’s allegation that the New Testament contains multiple, conflicting Christologies.

  • With the money available, the gymnasium project at Bedford Primary School should proceed without delay

    Staunton River will get its office space renovated this summer but students at Bedford Primary School will have to continue to wait to see if they will get a gymnasium. Let’s hope that wait isn’t too long.

  • Letters

    Keep the Memorial going

        The headlines of both the Roanoke Times and The News&Advance read “National D-Day Memorial at risk of closing.”(May29, 2009. ) As a volunteer of the Memorial and a citizen of Bedford County I implore the residents of Central Virginia not to let that happen.